Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (7/8/13) Edition

Special football events dates announced, football player interviews, Joseph features, recruiting notes, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, July 8 - WV MetroNews
In this edition, we talk to 2015 football commit Jovon Durantes’ coach, Antonio Brown, who is a former Mountaineer. We also take a look at some featured home football games that include the "Gold Rush" against Oklahoma State, as well as the "Stripe the Stadium" against the Longhorns of Texas.

Newberry likes rivalry renewal - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Few understand the West Virginia-Virginia Tech football series better than Steve Newberry.

West Virginia, Pittsburgh Close To Reviving Backyard Brawl - FBSchedules.com
"I think it will get done, but it’s all a matter of when."

Jed Drenning Goes from Tucker vs. BHS to WVU's 2013 Big 12 Season Preview - Connect Bridgeport Sports
Although the heavy details of what to expect from WVU and the rest of the Big 12, Drenning spoke about some of the items included in this year’s magazine with the help of several other local writers and those who follow or cover teams WVU will face in its second year of league play.

Learning Experience - WVU Athletics
Year one in the MAC was a learning experience for men's soccer.

Former WVU Standouts Host Summer Camps Around State - WVillustrated
Jenkins, Alston, Butler and Jones will each host youth summer sports camps across the state of West Virginia.

Furfari: Why not reinstate track? - Martinsburg Journal
If you needed to reinstate a men's sport, would you select the game of golf instead of track and field?


News of Note:

WVU Basketball Assistant Confident Future is Bright - WVillystrated
WVU Assistant Coach Erick Martin told us how excited he is for the four freshman joining West Virginia's team, but he specifically emphasizes the importance of finding a leader among these young men.

Joseph, Bruce Helping Reshape Defense - WVU Athletics
Karl Joseph and Isaiah Bruce seeking to improve WVU's D in '13.

HERTZEL COLUMN: No pinch hitter will be called for Karl Joseph - Times West Virginian
West Virginia played 992 snaps on defense, which tells you something about how bad the defense was, and Joseph was in for 890 of them.

WVU’s Joseph leads by example - Inter-Mountain
"I really haven't done much," he said during a break between summer workouts. "I still have to prove myself."

WATCH: WVU's Connor Arlia Prepares for Fall Camp - WVillustrated
As summer workouts wind down, WVU Football gets ready to start practices heading into the 2013 West Virginia Football Season. Junior, Wide Receiver, Connor Arlia, talks to us about his preparation.

WATCH: WVU's Dustin Garrison Prepares for 2013 Football Season - WVillustrated
West Virginia Running Back, Dustin Garrison, addresses the media regarding the start of practices in preparation for the 2013 Mountaineer Football Season.

The run game renaissance and the return of the fullback - Football Study Hall
How the fullback is making a comeback in modern football.


Recruiting:

The Opening: West Virginia Analysis - Scout.com
FOXSportsNext's analysts break down the performance of West Virginia prospects at The Opening, and how they could fit into the 2014 class.

VIDEO: WVU Basketball's Brandon Watkins - WVillustrated
The six foot nine, freshman forward from Decatur, Georgia talks to us about how he and his West Virginia teammates are doing in the 2013 Pittsburgh Summer Basketball League.

VIDEO: WVU Basketball's Devin Williams - WVillustrated
The six foot eight, freshman forward from Cincinnati, Ohio talks to us about how he and his West Virginia teammates are doing in the 2013 Pittsburgh Summer Basketball League.


Pro News:

Rams' Tavon Austin: Mother will be financial 'bad man' - NFL.com
Tavon Austin's comments about people asking him for money piqued some concern. However, the St. Louis Rams wide receiver has a simple plan for his finances: let his mom be the bad guy.

Pat White willing to play other positions to stay with Redskins - ProFootballTalk
As Pat White prepared to enter the NFL more than four years ago, he resisted the notion of moving to a position other than quarterback. Now that he's back in the league after a three-season absence, White is willing to do what it takes to stick.

Keith Tandy Prepares for Increased Role with Tampa Bay - WVillustrated
Former WVU defensive back has rookie year in his rearview, looks forward to second NFL season.


Around the League (and Beyond):

There’s still room for handwritten notes in ISU’s high-tech world of recruiting - Ames Tribune

Wide receiver Nick Harwell still coming to KU whether his former school cooperates or not - Lawrence Journal World

Crowdsourcing the 2013 season, week 2 - Bring On The Cats

15 events that have shaped Bob Stoops' first 15 years at OU - Tulsa World

Nonconference preview: Oklahoma State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Mack Brown: Reports of Texas' changes on offense 'a little bit of a fallacy' - Dallas Morning News

Could Baylor, TCU be poised as dominant national programs over next 3 seasons? - San Antonio Express-News

Tech-Baylor Series To Remain At Cowboys Stadium Through 2014 - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site


What's On Tap:

Football: Single Game Tickets On Sale July 8 - WVU Athletics
Monday, July 8, at 9 a.m.

Mountaineer Football Fan Day - WVU Athletics
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. • Caperton Indoor Facility

'Stripe the Stadium' Game Announced - WVU Athletics
In addition, fans attending the WVU-Texas game on Saturday, Nov. 9, are encouraged to take part in ‘Stripe the Stadium’ at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium for West Virginia’s matchup with the Longhorns.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown continues the tradition of lovely Brits in this place (almost makes ya wish we were still part of the Empire...almost, but not quite). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rosie Jones.


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